It's the New Year, you've resolved to eat healthier and you're making a beeline for the produce aisle at the nearest supermarket. Know what's better than a plastic grocery bag of pitiful, wilted spinach straight from the back of a Kroger transport truck? Maybe a box of fresh, verdant, bright spinach plucked days before and delivered to your neighborhood straight from a local farm. Yeah, the Kroger Plus Card has nothing on our friendly neighborhood farmers.
But eating local is so haaard, you might say. Most farmer's markets are clooosed and it's too cooold to go to the ones that are open! Buck up, kiddo. Atlanta offers plenty of ways for the laziest of couch potatoes to get their veggies, farm-to-table style. Below, three of our favorites.
Community Supported Agriculture is a pretty awesome way to cut the many, many middlemen out of the whole "farm to table" equation, giving carrot-lovers like you and me a way to get our fruits and veggies fresh, local and from a farmer you can actually meet and talk to. A CSA box can also be a little like a grab-bag of healthy surprises, because it only features what's freshest on the farm. (Kind of the way we were supposed to eat all along, right?) Best of all, lazybones: they deliver to plenty of neighborhoods around Atlanta. Check out the Local Harvest website to find the one closest to you.
The Vegetable Husband, also known as Margie, makes weekly trips to local farms and stocks up on fresh, seasonal produce for her endeavor. Sounds a little like a CSA box, but a CSA that delivers itself right to your door, includes recipes for how to work with the ingredients and even takes emergency kitchen calls on the weekends from bewildered home chefs wondering how on earth they're supposed to peel a rutabaga.
The new indoor farmer's market at Boxcar Grocery, which debuts this Sunday and will continue on Sundays and Thursdays each week, means you can have all the best parts of a regular farmer's market, minus the lovely January weather. In other words, we suppose you can have your kale and eat it, too.
So, there you have it: all the resources you need to bring the farm-to-table movement into your own kitchen. You officially have no excuse, lazybones.